I absolutely love working with the Queens University of Charlotte team. They are always pushing the boundaries and coming up with fresh ways to make their magazine and marketing products shine through their photography and graphics. Laura, their super talented marketing and magazine designer, reached out with a very cool idea she had for a multi-page editorial story. Continue reading
So pumped to see my photo story about the closing and demolition of Tommy’s Pub & Club being featured in the October issue of Charlotte Magazine. I had been documenting the Plaza Midwood dive bar for a year, and it’s great to see the final product featured in print. Brandon teamed up with me and wrote some great copy to coincide with the photos for the magazine. We need to work together more often! Currently creating a photo book showcasing a more rounded selection of photos from the bar’s last year. Stay tuned to learn how you can get one!
I recently had the pleasure of attending a educational city walking tour, led by Charlotte Crown Guides owner Genie Hufham. Genie and I are both Visit Charlotte partners and recently met through the VC Partner of the Year Award Ceremony. After briefly informing her about my desire to find more time to explore the city, Genie kindly invited me to tag along on one of her upcoming Charlotte walking tours. Continue reading
During my trip back to Jackson Hole, Wyo., I teamed up with freelance reporter Kelsey Dayton to cover a feature story for Wyoming Wildlife Magazine on the new trend of snow biking tours. I was a bit apprehensive at first about photographing the story; biking on dry roads can be strenuous enough for me, so I could only imagine how tough it would be riding through snow, especially while hauling photo gear. But, I decided to take a chance and try it out. We arrived at Teton Mountain Bike Tours, where we met owner David Hunger. This particular morning was unusually wet and windy, but the energy coming from David was electric; he was clearly not phased by the weather. What I’ve always loved about Jackson locals is how excited they are about everything outdoors-related. The weather was not going to stop him from giving us a fun tour. David showed us around his store, and pointed out the bikes we’d be using that morning. These tires were huge. Imagine mountain bike tires, but twice as wide and twice as tall. The bike frames are specifically designed to handle extremely wide tires, which naturally cover more surface area, making it easier to ride through the snow-covered paths. There are even studded snow bike tires available for conditions that may need some extra grip. David pointed out the areas on a map of where we would be traveling that morning, and began loading the bikes. To my surprise, the bikes were not heavy at all. My small, 115-pound frame could easily pick up the bike and lift it above my shoulders to load into the truck bed.
After a short 15-minute drive through the beautiful Gros Ventre area north of town, we pulled over and started unloading the bikes. The area was beautiful. Snow covered trees and hills sparkled as the sun peered through wispy clouds. Other than the occasional gust of heavy wind, we had picked an ideal day for the activity. Carrying a backpack full of photo gear was occasionally challenging, but the photos I came back with made it worth the struggle. The next time you head out for your annual ski trip, remember to look into a snow biking tour. It’s a phenomenal way to take in the landscapes of this winter wonderland while getting a good work out.
Last night, I put up this wonderful little bird feeder that Brandon bought me for Christmas. It took me awhile to come up with the right spot where we could enjoy watching them feed from the comforts of our home. After finally putting it up, it was welcomed with open beaks from dozens of different birds. I couldn’t help but snap off a few shots of these two beautiful cardinals that frequented the feeder. Their bright plumage offered the perfect pop of color to this otherwise rainy, gloomy day. Look forward to having more of these little friends around.
The warm weather is over in Charlotte. A powerful cold front swept over the East Coast, stretching from Northern Florida to Maine. Heavy winds and rain made for an entertaining afternoon – I sat on the porch and listened to the musical tones of my wind chime as the trees swayed back and forth. Then I took pictures. Naturally.
I went there for the first time with friends Thaoly Vu (now Thaoly Roberts! Yay!) and Heather back in July. I was overwhelmed with the beautiful chaos of this place – there were amazing things happening all around me, and so many interesting characters, that I had a really hard time figuring out where I wanted to point the camera. Every race, age, color, status, and personality has melted together here to create a wonderfully unique, harmonious culture.
When I went back to L.A. this past weekend to cover Thaoly’s wedding, I made it my mission to drive back to Venice Beach again.
Below is a collection of photos from both visits. Hope you can see the beauty is this place like I do.
A model sets the tone in “Evening on the Med” – the grand opening ceremony of Acqualina’s new spa, ESPA, and eatery, Costa Grill. The hotel/condominium’s event also included a beachside buffet and silent auction hosted by Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito and Law and Order Actress Diane Neal – benefiting Safe Horizon, a victim assistance organization.